May 31, 2012

Lydens, Crabo Named Academic All-District

Claremont, Calif. - Junior Annie Lydens (Tokyo, Japan - pictured, photo by Bob Palermini) of the Women's Cross Country/Track and Field program and senior Anders Crabo (Bellingham, Wash.) of the Men's Cross Country/Track and Field program were both named to the Capital One Academic All-District 8 Division III team in a vote of the district's sports information directors, it was announced today.

Lydens and Crabo are now both eligible for Capital One Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on June 19.

Lydens is a three-time All-American in cross country and track, including a third-place finish in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this fall, the highest finish for any Pomona-Pitzer Cross Country runner (men or women) in the history of the program. Lydens also has a second-place finish (5000 meters in 2011 NCAA Track and Field Championships) and a ninth-place finish (2010 NCAA Cross Country Championships) to her credit. She is a two-time NCAA West Region champion in cross country, and is a two-time SCIAC Runner of the Year.

When she takes off her running shoes, Lydens carries a 4.0 GPA in philosophy, politics and economics, interned at NATO headquarters in Belgium last summer, and will intern at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. this summer.

Crabo earned his fourth straight SCIAC steeplechase championship this spring, while earning All-America honors for the second time in his career with a fifth-place finish in the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He became only the 19th SCIAC athlete to win the same event four years in a row in the 100-plus year history of the conference's Track and Field Championships (and the fourth Sagehen), and he broke the 9:00 mark in the steeplechase, the first time that has happened in the program since 1985. 

Crabo also qualified for the nationals in cross country, and finished third in the 5000 in the SCIAC championships to earn all-conference honors in two different events. He graduated this spring with a degree in chemistry (pre-med).  

Lydens and Crabo both have a strong chance to add to the list of Sagehen Academic All-Americans this year. Pomona-Pitzer has had two selections so far this year in their sports (football player James Lambert and baseball player Nick Gentili), while three others are in the running for at-large selections on June 5 (women's water polo player Perri Hopkins, men's swimmer Max Scholten, and women's lacrosse player Martha Marich).